School is back in session, and the 2012-2013 academic school year definitely began differently than any other year before it. For many schools, this particular year presented new changes and challenges as foodservices had to adapt their menus to meet the new USDA meal guidelines.
The changes went into affect on July 1, and was the first of seven phases per the USDA’s implementation timeline. The last phase set to be complete for the 2022-2023 school year.
The new guidelines specify amounts for fruits, vegetables, grains, meat and meat alternatives and milk and included dietary specifications to be met each week.
Because of these guidelines, portion sizes are as important as ever for schools. This is where the right utensil can make the new guidelines much easier to adapt to. Many of the manufacturers on Central’s website have portioners, spoodles, dishers, etc., color-coded by the ounce to make scooping the appropriate serving size quick and easy.
Looking beyond the new USDA guidelines, there are several pieces of equipment and supplies that make a school foodservice run smoothly. Using a piece of old equipment can be less energy efficient or could make a task more difficult than it needs to be. Upgrading old equipment and supplies can definitely provide long term savings.
10 Products and Categories to Update the School Cafeteria
Don’t hesitate to contact a Central Product Consultant at 800-215-9293 with any questions about school foodservice equipment.
In late January of 2012, First Lady Michelle Obama and Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsak introduced new standards for school meals. These new guidelines will be implemented in phases all the way out to the 2022-2023 school year, with the first phase beginning on July 1 for the 2012-2013 school year.
Introduction and Links to Bookmark
With schools needing to implement changes on July 1, Central is ready to help in any way possible. Below is an overview of the new guidelines and list of products that can help with new portion requirements. Don’t hesitate to call one of our Product Consultants at 800-215-9293 with any questions on your school foodservice needs.
Below is a recap of the new guidelines that are to be implemented on July 1. See a complete overview slideshow in full detail, including upcoming school years, on the USDA website.
To make it easier to find information, each new requirement below includes the corresponding slides. Other important items to bookmark are:
The USDA has provided a Lunch Meal Pattern for all food items (slide 9). Below find details on each requirement for the July 1, 2012 implementation with links and slide page numbers to refer to for all information.
More lunch requirements are going into effect on July 1 on menu planning, age-grade groups, offer vs. serve and monitoring. Review the USDA’s Implementation Timeline for details.
The USDA has provided a Breakfast Meal Pattern for all food items (slide 25). Below find details on each requirement for the July 1, 2012 implementation with links and slide page numbers to refer to for all information.
Need new equipment? Below are suggestions by Product Consultant Dan Merriman. Again, don’t hesitate to contact a Central Product Consultant at 800-215-9293 with help on the new guidelines and purchasing equipment.